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Handel: Concerti grossi Op 6 Vol 1 / Standage, et al

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6
>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto Grosso in E minor, Op.6/3, HWV 321
>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto Grosso in D major, Op.6/5, HWV 323
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"...The performances are brimful of vitality...the clean articulation and light, predominantly detached style give the music buoyancy and help to bring out Handel's often mischievous twinkle in the eye...Dynamics, throughout, are subtly graded and natural-sounding, and except in one final cadence ornamentation is confined to small cadential trills...this is an immensely enjoyable disc, and I look forward to the completion of the Op. 6 set..." -LS, Gramophone

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
The first disc of the ever-fresh Op 6 Concertigrossi includes the oboe parts that Handel later added to Nos 1, 2, 5 and 6. The performances are brimful of vitality, and the clean articulation and light, predominantly detached style give the music buoyancy and help to bring out Handel's often mischievous twinkle in the eye. Speeds are generally brisk, with boldly vigorous playing, but Standage's team can also spin a tranquil broad line. Dynamics throughout are subtly graded, and except in one final cadence ornamentation is confined to small cadential trills.

On the second disc, except, in the sombre colours in the splendid G minor Concerto (No 6) - here with oboe and the agreeable addition of a theorbo to the continuo - there's a general air of cheerfulness that's most engaging. The fugue in No 7 is wittily buoyant, the Allegro in No 9, borrowed from the Cuckoo and the nightingale Organ Concerto, could scarcely be more high-spirited, the final Passepied of No 6 and the Hornpipe of No 7 are spring-toed; and Standage's feeling for convincing tempos is nowhere better shown than in the long Musette of No 6, which in other hands can drag. Phrasing everywhere is shapely, and the surprise chords that interrupt the flow of No 8's Allemande are admirably 'placed'.

On the final disc the playing is always on its toes - positively twinkling in dance movements such as the concluding fugal gigue of No 12.

The last two concertos, No 11 in particular, give Simon Standage an opportunity to shine as a soloist; his ad lib sections are tastefully done, without excesses; his semiquavers in the variants of the A major Andante are feather-light. All dynamics are well contrasted in a natural way, and the tempos nicely judged; a slightly faster repeat of the first half of No 10's fifth movement suggests the splicing of a different take. As a fillup, we're presented with the Alexander's Feast concerto grosso, for which the string group is joined by oboes and bassoon. The excellent concertino of two violins and cello is thrown into high relief and the Allegro movements are performed with a delightful spring.



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>Handel, George Frideric : Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (02/26/1996-02/28/1996)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1739

>Handel, George Frideric : Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (02/26/1996-02/28/1996)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1739

>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto Grosso in E minor, Op.6/3, HWV 321
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (02/26/1996-02/28/1996)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1739

>Handel, George Frideric : Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (02/26/1996-02/28/1996)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1739

>Handel, George Frideric : Concerto Grosso in D major, Op.6/5, HWV 323
  • Conductor: Simon Standage
  • Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (02/26/1996-02/28/1996)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1739